Initial Descent: September 11 – 17, 2022

Tribal Gaze – image courtesy of Sidney Stauts

It’s amazing the crap we deal with on a day to day basis. Utterly amazing…pretty much all I’ve got for an opener AND it’s only Monday. Go figure. However, we’ve got some aggressive tunes to soothe the pain this week in the form of a destructive death metal debut from Tribal Gaze and yes this is the the same Tribal Gaze that put out that barnburner of an EP last year. Next up is a long awaited diesel fueled rock storm from Clutch, an extreme and obtuse outing from Destrage, a consistently METAL outing from Wolfheart, and a crap ton more in the list that follows. Do what you do best and go show all these bands some love via whatever purchasing outlet you land on. It’s as easy as copy / paste from here and the rest is history. Happy hunting and we’ll see you here throughout the week.

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Initial Descent: November 7 – 13, 2021

200 STAB WOUNDS
200 Stab Wounds – image courtesy of Nick McGroder

It got colder. And rainy. And the time changed. Make it stop. But, enough of my discomforts. New metal is why you came and we definitely can oblige with another long list this week: 200 Stab Wounds are coming in hot with their long awaited full length that’s an open love letter to the kind of gory death metal that struck fear in parents back in the day, next up is Dold Vorde Ens Navn with a black metal effort that’s an excellent combination of its members (do your research), then we’ve got an off kilter death metal outing from Vertebra Atlantis, a physical edition of cosmic black metal from Mesarthim, and a whole grab bag more that follows. As usual, something for every taste here so jump in and get some. 

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Initial Descent: July 28 – August 3, 2019

Excuse
Excuse

Between Des leaving High On Fire, Rutger Hauer passing, and Call of the Void calling it quits, last week was a dumpster fire of epic proportions. But, we must carry on. All I can offer is new metal so sit down, read up, and hang on…

Finland’s answer to all things good in heavy and speed metal, Excuse, offer up their debut full length and if you missed out on their exceptional EP Goddess Injustice please go study up ahead of this slab of killer with zero filler. Speaking of killer, Sanguisugabogg (say that five times fast) do outstanding things to death metal on their EP and yes, I know it came out last week but we missed it and now we didn’t – you don’t miss it either. The sucking out of life force that graces Grogus’ debut full length exactly matches the intensity of the sludge, death, and hardcore contained within – plus, it’s a forward thinking album with many twists and surprises afoot. And, last up top is the third full length from England’s heavy metal bruisers Eradikator who shred their way through nine tracks of extremely catchy steel. 

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Receiving the Evcharist: Fluids and Antique 107

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Regular readers of this column will no doubt notice brother Vincent’s absence. He’s on his way to Fire In The Mountains, and I’m not, so you’re stuck with me this week and lucky you, I’ve got a brutal death metal pick paired with an amazing bourbon choice. So buckle up buttercup, this might get bumpy. What exactly is so bumpy you ask? Read on, dear readers and by all means drink up, you’ll need it.

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fluids’ Exploitative Practices and Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Weller Antique 107. Continue reading